As 3D printing continues to spread throughout the world, no place seems to have harnessed the disruptive power of the emerging technology quite like Dubai, the city-state in the United Arab Emirates. They’ve recently implemented a multi-tiered strategy that will utilize 3D printing to enhance their construction sector, medical products, and consumer products. Some of that tech-driven plan has already come to fruition with the 3D printed office building, called the ‘Office of the Future’, which was constructed earlier this year in just 17 days time.
Back in May, the ‘Office of the Future’ was inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and now, the world’s first 3D printed office building has officially opened. The workspace was designed to promote innovation and enhance communication between teams, and will act as the new location for the Dubai Futures Foundation, a government initiative aimed at promoting pioneering and innovative projects and partnerships, with an emphasis on the future of real estate, construction and design. The 3D printed building won’t necessarily be used for traditional office work, and instead will be primarily used as meeting space to initiate communications between parties from all over the world.
The grandiose concrete pieces that make up the building were printed with a 37-meter-long 3D printer located in Shanghai, China, and were subsequently shipped to Dubai to be built out. According to the architects who headed the project, using this 3D printer instead of building on-site helped save about 80% on construction costs, 60% on labor costs, and 60% on construction waste as well. In order to give the 3D printed office a collaborative and open feel, Dubai enlisted the Austrian office furniture company Bene to furnish the interior of the building.
As shown in the photos of the completed 3D printed office, the interior design is exceptionally modern and flexible. The focal point and largest portion of the 3D printed office was designed in accordance with the Bene Idea Lab concept, which was designed by the Austrian furniture company to help creative individuals develop and implement their innovative ideas. A portion of the building’s interior includes pieces from Bene’s AL and Filo office furniture lines, both of which give a modern and minimal aesthetic to the space. In addition, the centerpiece of the ‘Office of the Future’ includes furniture from Bene’s Timba and Parcs lines, which are designed to promote quality brainstorming sessions, presentations, and individual work.
Suffice to say, it seems as if a hefty amount of innovation will be done within the confines of this 3D printed office building, which is just one of the many additive manufacturing ventures recently undertaken in Dubai. The city-state has already developed rules and regulations for 3D printing in the construction sector, and by 2030, they hope to have a quarter of their local buildings constructed via 3D printing. Dubai has also recently launched the world’s largest accelerator initiative, which 3D printing technology will be a primary focus of. In addition, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has also been drawing up plans to implement 3D printed laboratories in Dubai’s Solar Park. All in all, this city-state is making unprecedented strides towards becoming the 3D printing capital of the world, setting themselves apart from the rest of the world one 3D printed building at a time. Discuss further over in the 3D Printed Office Building in Dubai Opens forum at 3DPB.com.[Source/Images: Eurobuild]